Browser toggles between mobile and full format modes

ericinboston

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Hi...I've been using my new iPhone for a few months now...in the beginning when I first used the browser, many websites were in what I call "mobile mode"...so the sites were very thin, large text, limited content, etc...but, most sites allowed me to click somewhere to see the true 100% HTML version.

As of today, 11/29, 2 websites are now in what I call mobile mode and will not get out of it:

www.boston.com redirects me to mobile.boston.com

and

maps.google.com

Both were working fine within the past day or 2. I believe this is the fault of Apple letting the website decide what format to push to my iPhone.

This is driving me nuts...especially Google Maps because there are features on the full HTML version that are not on the mobile version...and that are also not available on the iPhone branded Maps application.

Any help? Can some users please visit those 2 sites and report what you are seeing?

I wish there was a setting on the iPhone Settings>Safari area that would offer 3 choices:

1)Always Mobile
2)Always Full HTML
3)Let me decide each time I visit a new website and remember it in Cache (or wherever)

Personally I want #2. I didn't buy an iPhone to surf the web like a 2002 phone.

I am on firmware 3.0.1.

Thanks in advance.

-Eric
 

ericinboston

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No, it's the fault of the website not allowing you to choose the full site. Direct your complaints to them.
I agree that is the current problem...with the current way the iPhone works.

But don't you (and others) agree that there should be an option for ME to choose on my iPhone how I want webpages displayed?

Afterall, it is the web browser that "tells" the website it's version # and type of format it wants. And all the Apple commercials glowlingly show users surfing the net with full HTML websites...not year-2002 crusty old formatting technology.

I think Apple should include this option/feature.

-Eric
 
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